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A few months ago David called and said, “Hey, I’m coming your way and you better bring the color and clouds!” My response was, "don’t worry, they’ll be here." Fast forward three months to this past weekend. David and Aaron came into town and I wanted to make sure they went home with lots of goodies. We were worried about the weather and had decided in advance that we would chase the light no matter where it took us in Northern California. After stressing the whole time, I have to say this weekend was one of the most successful shooting weekends in a long time. The light and clouds cooperated almost every time. I could not believe how lucky we got at every scene.
Although, the weather conditions were almost perfect every time, we didn’t have much time to scout for potential comps. When you’re traveling to all these places and getting pulled over for speeding that’s just how it goes. With only minutes to spare at every scene it wasn’t easy trying to find a composition.
This particular location was AMAZING. It was by far one of my favorites from the trip. We left San Jose at 2:00 AM and drove 5 hours to this location. When we arrived we were dressed according to San Jose weather conditions. It was a freezing 20 degrees here at Lake Tioga and the light was already rising. With no time to add layers of clothing or hiking boots, I ran in my Vans and ended up here with this rock in front of me. I could barely feel my fingers as I pressed the shutter release. As I sat here shooting, I could hear the others vocalizing their emotions in different ways like cursing, yelling, crying the "double rainbow" and all sorts of other things.
It was really great hanging with Joshua, James, Jared, Aaron and David. Shooting by yourself is great but a group setting is so much fun especially on a trip. The great conversations helped as they kept me awake as I drove in the middle of the night. Jumping ideas off one an other is another great benefit in the fact that the learning process is accelerated by 100%. A big thanks to all the guys who made this trip so much fun. This is what it's all about, hanging with good people, having lots of fun, learning a thing or two and catching some nice light! In summary:
1. We drove close to 1,000 miles in 3 days.
2. We drove an estimated 17 hours on the road.
3. We visited 10 spots including Davenport, CA, Yosemite Nat’l Park and Lake Tahoe, NV.
4. We slept almost hardly at all.
5. We ate enough junk food to hold us over for a year.
Be sure to check these guys' streams as they have already uploaded some images from the trip. Thanks in advance for your constant support and visits. Have a great week ahead and may the light be with you wherever you are. Jave